Melania Trump finally offered an explanation for her most controversial fashion choice.
Shock and outrage resulted in June when the First Lady was photographed wearing a military-style Zara jacket emblazoned with the words “I Don’t Really Care. Do U?” on the back while boarding a plane on her way to visit migrant children in Texas.
The jacket was especially controversial given the firestorm that was raging after media reports and horrific images of young children caged in detention centres.
Responding to the controversy, her spokeswoman reportedly said, “There was no hidden message. After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope this isn’t what the media is going to choose to focus on.”
During the First Lady’s Friday night interview with “20/20”, she finally explained the purpose of the jacket, contradicting her spokesperson by admitting it was indeed intended to send a message — albeit not the one that most people assumed.
“It’s obvious I didn’t wear the jacket for the children. I wore the jacket to go on the plane and off the plane. And it was for the people and for the left-wing media to show them that I don’t care. You will not stop me to do what I feel is right,” said the self-described “most bullied person on the world.”
“It was kind of a message, yes,” the first lady admitted. “I would prefer that they would focus on what I do and my initiatives, than what I wear.”
Trump shared a similar sentiment while speaking with media during her recent trip to Africa, which was when the “20/20″ interview was recorded.
“I want to talk about my trip and not what I wear,” she declared. “That’s very important, what I do, what we’re doing with USAID, my initiatives and I wish people would focus on what I do, not what I wear.”